Air cadet juniors help deliver babies, build classrooms and dig ditches in Kenyan adventure (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Air cadet juniors help deliver babies, build classrooms and dig ditches in Kenyan adventure
SIX Air Cadet junior leaders dug ditches, built classrooms and even assisted in the delivery of two babies on a four-week volunteer project in Kenya.
The trip was paid for by the John Thornton Young Achievers’ Foundation and saw Samuel Jackson, Luke Womersley, Harry Clubb, Jordan Cawer, Lawrence Page and Christopher Raj travel abroad to help the Patchworking Against Poverty project.
The project is well supported by the foundation, which honours the life of Ferndown Royal Marine Lt John ‘JT’ Thornton, who was killed in southern Afghanistan in 2008.
The junior leaders volunteered at the Wema Hospital in the Kawagare area of Nairobi, Grace’s Care Centre and then helped provide a mobile medical clinic for people living in poverty in Kisii, southwestern Kenya.
At the Wema Hospital, they built a drainage system, constructed an elevated water tank, shower and flushing toilet and converted a container into the John Thornton Assessment Centre.
At Grace’s Care Centre, an orphanage and school for hundreds of children, the junior leaders renovated the kitchen and built two classrooms full of desks and chairs.
And in Kisii, the group were joined by a full medical team as they ran a mobile medical clinic that treated 4,500 people over six days.
This included delivering two babies, treating over 1,000 children and conducting blood glucose, malaria, HIV and cervical smear tests.
Linda Thornton, secretary of the foundation, said: “We provided the opportunity for them to make a real difference to literally thousands of people living in poverty in Kenya, but they took on the challenge and must take full credit for all that they accomplished.
“They showed great courage and commitment as they worked extremely hard in many locations and could be digging trenches one minute and delivering babies the next!
“We are so proud of them and all that they have achieved and just hope that the foundation can continue to fund the Kenya expedition and help to support these communities.
“It was a special moment when we saw the photo of John’s name painted on the wall of the Assessment Centre.
“His legacy certainly lives on and we can’t quite believe it reaches communities so far away.”
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